One of my wife Trae’s favorite passages from the bible is “walk with the wise and become wise.” The rest of the passage says “…associate with fools and get in the trouble.” No commentary needed on that one.

2014 has been a year of us inviting wise spiritual leaders/authors/thinkers to speak into our lives and help us in the area of being better “doers of the Word.” One of the traps that is easy for Christ-followers to fall into is “being hearers only.” Jesus did say that “everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” His brother put it this way: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” It does seem that doing makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

Dave Ramsey and his team at Financial Peace University, introduced to us by Dave Etterbeek, have been helping us do things differently in order to honor God with how we manage our finances. Gwen Shamblin through her Weigh Down program, brought to us by Traci Minor, has helped us learned how to be more obedient and God-honoring in our attitude towards food and our eating habits. Through the influence of David Bruce, Tommy Newberry and his book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, have been helping us change our thinking (repent) and help thought lives to become healthier and more godly (check out his encouraging video below).

As we’re attempting to “walk with the wise” in these areas, we are becoming “better doers.” This is the litmus test for authentic Christianity. We certainly aren’t made right with God by what we do but the evidence of having been made right with God, through faith in Christ, is seen in us “improving our doing.” As my friend Marty Fuqua often says, “progress is always appreciated.” Here’s to progress, one baby step at a time.

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